Buffalo Puerto Rican/Latino Community Organizations


At the 2010 Census, the city’s population was 50.4% White (45.8% non-Hispanic White alone), 38.6% Black or African American, 0.8% American Indian and Alaska Native, 3.2This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is agency-poster-gpeg.jpg% Asian, 3.9% from some other race and 3.1% from two or more races. 10.5% of the total population was Puerto Rican or Latino of any race.

We will have to wait until the 2020 Census to see what count they come up with regarding the Puerto Rican/Latino population. According to many of the local leaders, the numbers are always underestimated, or under-counted.

The fact is that since the early 1960s, there has been a large emergence of Puerto Ricans and Latin Americans, many attracted by the local colleges and universities, and many others coming from Puerto Rico, Santo Domingo, Latin America, and from New York City looking to make a better life.

Today, the Puerto Rican/Latino population in Buffalo & Erie County is estimated to be over 30,000, with over 13% of that population living in the city. Out of the 30,000, over 85% is Puerto Rican.


This poster is available, 13 x 19, send $12 payable to the Buffalo Latino Village, PO Box 742, Buffalo, NY 14209, or:

Puerto Rican/Latino Large Poster

A list of Buffalo Puerto Rican/Latino Community organizations, poster, 13 x 19.


(List in Progress, feel free to recommend individuals to add to this contact list)

Puerto Ricans/Latinos considered movers & shapers in the Buffalo & Erie County Community (Names & Contact number):

  1. Politics/Public Service – Hon. David Rivera: 716-851-5125 | drivera@city-buffalo.com
  2. Politics/Public Service – Hon. Jonathan Rivera: 716-885-9630 | riverajd@assembly.gov
  3. Politics/Community Activism – Roberto Quintana -716-316-8200 | quintana20@aol.com
  4. Culture/Music/Bomba – Beatriz Flores: 716-348-0156 |elbateyprcenter@gmail.com
  5. Heritage/Dance – MarCe Zerrate: 716-241-1510 | infor@amorandheritage.org
  6. Arts/Education – Michele Agosto: 716-228-7370 | magosto@buffaloschools.org
  7. Latino Veterans – Jose C. Pizarro: 716-207-7883 | roach14221@yahoo.com
  8. Latino Heritage/History – Casimiro Rodriguez: 716-912-3489 |cdr3455@gmail.com
  9. Community Activism/Climate Clange – Luz Velez: 716-392-5483 | sistervelez3@gmail.com
  10. Community Activism/Climate Change – Geovaira Hernandez:  hernan18@mycanisius.com
  11. Education/Youth Services/Columnist – Tania Rodriguez: 716-314-4519 | rodrigte@buffalostate.edu
  12. Homelessness/Migrants – Nadia Pizarro: 716-563-3675 | npizarro@lake-short.org
  13. Community/Government Activism – Christian Parra: 347-499-7892 | cparra@citizenactionny.org
  14. Publishing/Arts/Education  – Alberto O. Cappas: 646-248-2302 |latinovillage1@gmail.com
  15. Latin American Art & Craft – Santiago Masferrer: 716- 885-6343 | lacabuffalo@gmail.com
  16. Community Services/Events – Maritza Vega: 716-935-9773 | Emvega225@gmail.com
  17. Public Service/Community Events – Wilmer Olivencia: 716-578-6254 | wolivencia716@yahoo.com
  18. Housing Development – Jovino Morales: 716-715-5210 |jovinomorales@netscape.net
  19. Housing Advocacy/Columnist – Danah Aponte: 716-370-3614 | dinahdiana555@gmail.com
  20. Community Service/Latino Agency – Lucy Candelario: 716-845-6485 | lcandelario@thebellecenter.org
  21. Community Service/Latino Agency – Geno Russi: 716-856-7110 |erussi@hubwny.org
  22. Latino Senior Citizen Services – Benny Matta: 716-842-0172 | bmatta3@gmail.com

To locate and learn more about these Puerto Rican/Latino agencies or organizations, just click on the names:

Latino Housing Development Corporation


Los Tainos Senior Citizens Center
Hispanics United of Buffalo
Hispanic Heritage Council
Hispanic Women’s League
Father Belle Community Center
Pucho Olivencia Community Center
Panorama Hispano News
La Ultima Hora Newspaper
Buffalo Latino Village
El Batey Dance Center
El Museo
Raices Theatre Company
Buffalo Latino Online Art Gallery 
The Educational Pledge/La Promesa Educacional
Puerto Rican/Latino Parade of Western New York 
El Buen Amigo
Amor and Heritage
PODER: Latinos Unido (Latino students at SUNYAB)
Puerto Rican Committee for Community Justice (PRCCJ)
Latino Veterans Association of WNY
Latino Speakers



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